Ana María Cabezas, LPC, SEP, RPT
I am originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador and moved to the USA as a teenager. I am fully bilingual in Spanish and English. I am mother, daughter, sibling and much more. I enjoy attending to family events and ballet performances in my free time.
Education and Work Experience
My graduate degree in Health Psychology helped me understand the psychological factors involved in behavior and physical health and illness. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to grow in education along side using my counseling skills in my three year graduate assistantship as a career counselor at Career Services at Texas State University-San Marcos. I was also able to secure a year internship in eating disorders at Eating Recovery Center at San Antonio, Texas, an outpatient program.
In the midst of finishing my thesis, I began my work as a bilingual counselor at a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas. Through my work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, I discovered my true calling as a counselor. Most of my work has been with the Spanish speaking population, including adults, children, and families. In addition, my work in a school setting has increased my skills in working with children.
Early in my career, I noticed that it was not enough to work with feelings, thoughts, and behaviors to promote change. So I decided to pursue a three year training in Somatic Experiencing®. Through this training I became aware of the role that our sensations play in our lives. Our bodies are like a blue print of our experiences. I feel blessed to have developed the skills needed to support the body in what is needed to move on from trauma (developmental or shock trauma). I am able to effectively apply the tools I learned in SE with my work with adults, children, and teens of different ethnicities and flavors of life. In addition, I completed EMDR basic training in 2015. I recently became a Certified Therapist in EMDR.
As most of my work is with families, children and teens, I pursued additional training in Play Therapy. I find that play is the child's language and toys are their words (Play Therapy: The Art of Relationship by Gary Landreth). It brings me a lot of joy to see family dynamics at play and to foster change while building secure parent-child attachment, improving communication, and ultimately creating a deeper sense of love and respect for the members in a family. Therefore, I became a Registered Play Therapist.
In addition, I am able to offer Sandtray therapy to my clients who are ready to explore a deeper side of the self. My love for learning also led me to complete a two year training in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Bonnie Banedoch, Ph. D., LFMT. This specialized training has opened my eyes to the world of attachment theory from the neurobiology perspective. In sum, I offer and array of approaches as I understand that there is not a single counseling approach that fits all.
Licenses and Certifications
Master of Arts in Health Psychology
Texas State University-San Marcos
Licensed Professional Counselor, 2013-Current
Registered Play Therapist
Somatic Experiencing® (SE) Practitioner
Certified Therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Trust Based Relational Intervention® (Educator)
Circle of Security Parent (Educator)
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
I strongly believe that as we become whole, our capacity for tolerance increases and we are able to manage difficulties in a more positive manner. My role is that of a companion during the time we will spend together. Through a warm, accepting, curious and slow pace, you will be able to explore what brought you to counseling. I integrate humor and playfulness not only with children but also with adults. I like to promote growth through different mediums such as art, play, music, and movement.
I also explore healthier lifestyles and life choices through caring for our mind, heart and body. I bring a combination of life experiences and education. I see the client as the expert in their lives. Above all, I offer a relational, non-directive, nurturing, non-judgmental and playful presence.